19 Dead In Mexican Drug Violence

19 Dead In Mexican Drug Violence

Five severed heads left on disco floor

The latest spate of drug-related violence in Mexico left 19 people dead, including five factory workers near the US border and four police officers in Acapulco, officials said.

The Chihuahua state prosecutor said the workers were gunned down when armed men burst into a party at a house in Ciudad Juarez late Friday.

Ciudad Juarez, which borders El Paso, Texas, is a key battleground for drug traffickers seeking routes to the United States. It is also home to many factories, called maquiladoras, for US firms that can use Mexican workers.

Six other violent deaths were recorded in Ciudad Juarez, including a man and his daughter, who were shot by gunmen who entered his home early Saturday, authorities said.

In other municipalities of Chihuahua, which shares a long border with Texas, there were four killings late Friday, prosecutors said.

Separately in Acapulco, four policemen were shot dead Saturday by unknown assailants on a rural road near the port in the Mexican resort, state officials said.

The port of Acapulco and the surrounding area and other regions of the state of Guerrero, have been caught in a spiral of violence linked to turf battles of drug cartels.

Bullet hole in door of ambushed police car

Violence linked to drug cartels has left 7,000 people dead so far this year in Mexico, compared with 9,000 killed in all of 2009.

Nearly 25,000 people have died in suspected drug violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on organized crime three and a half years ago, according to official figures released Friday.


Day 92 In The Gulf: Feds – Oil Seepage Insignificant

Oil from BP’s blown out well is again seeping into the Gulf of Mexico, but this time, more slowly and scientists aren’t convinced the cap that stopped the flow last week is making things worse.

The government said Monday that oil was seeping into the Gulf after days of warning that the experimental cap on the oil well could cause more leaks.

Despite what at first seemed a setback, though, the federal government declared the development insignificant and forged ahead with BP’s plan for finally sealing the hole in the ocean floor.

Ever since the cap was used to bottle up the oil last week, engineers have been watching underwater cameras and monitoring pressure and seismic readings to see whether the well would hold or spring a new leak, perhaps one that could rupture the sea floor and make the disaster even worse.

Small amounts of oil and gas started coming from the cap late Sunday, but “we do not believe it is consequential at this time,” retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.

Also, seepage from the sea floor was detected over the weekend less than two miles away, but Allen said it probably has nothing to do with the well. Oil and gas are known to ooze naturally from fissures in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

At a Monday afternoon briefing in Washington, Allen said BP could keep the cap closed at least another 24 hours, as long as the company remained alert for leaks.

Allen initially said his preference was to pipe oil through the cap to tankers on the surface to reduce the slight chance that the buildup of pressure inside the well would cause a new blowout. That plan would require releasing millions more gallons of oil into the ocean for a few days during the transition – a spectacle BP apparently wants to avoid.

On Monday, Allen budged a bit, saying unless larger problems develop, he’s not inclined to open the cap.

Somewhere between 94 million and 184 million gallons have gushed into the Gulf over the past three months in one of America’s worst environmental crises.


Day 91 In Gulf: Tensions Rise Between Obama Administration & BP / Bronner – “They Work At Our Direction”


Browner on Tensions With BP: ‘They Work at Our Direction’

JUDY WOODRUFF: We take a closer look now at the concerns surrounding the well and the choices facing both the government and BP.

I spoke with Carol Browner at the White House a short time ago. She is the assistant to the president for energy and climate change.

For the record, we invited BP to participate, but company officials declined.

Carol Browner, thank you for talking with us.

CAROL BROWNER, assistant to the president for energy and climate change: Thank you.

JUDY WOODRUFF: We have been hearing a variety of reports over the weekend and today about leaks, about seepage in and around the well. Bring us up to date on the status of this well.

CAROL BROWNER: Well, the well is capped. It has been shut in. And we have our scientists reviewing this on a regular basis.

There have been some bubbles. There has been some seeping. At this point, they’re not concerned. But we have directed BP to provide ongoing monitoring, seismic, other analytics that our scientists review. And, if there isn’t a problem, we will continue. If there is, then obviously we will have to move to containment, which means bringing the vessels that can capture the oil back on to the site.

JUDY WOODRUFF: So, for example, the leak that was — or seepage that was identified over the weekend a few miles from the site, no concern about that?

CAROL BROWNER: Not at this point in time. But all of this is being watched very, very carefully.

And we will continue to watch it until we’re certain that there is no problem, again, 24-hour approvals for the cap to stay on to make sure that we’re getting the kind of analysis, the kind of monitoring that our scientists need to make these determinations.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And same question about the bubbles around the site of the wellhead. Any other small leaks around there?

CAROL BROWNER: There are some bubbles. There are some bubbles down low. There are some bubbles up higher. All of those are being carefully monitored right now.

JUDY WOODRUFF: So, at this point, the administration’s on the same page as BP?

CAROL BROWNER: Well, we’re monitoring, and we’re watching the situation. And if things change, we will direct BP to take alternative acts.

It is very important to us, and we made that very clear this weekend, that BP provide us monitoring and seismic information on a regular basis, so that we can continue to do the kind of analysis that will give us the assurances that leaving the well closed in on a 24-hour basis is acceptable.

JUDY WOODRUFF: I’m asking because, over the last few days, over the weekend, there seemed to be different — there were different statements coming from BP at one point, the administration at another point, about whether there was a leak, whether there wasn’t, whether the cap should stay on or it shouldn’t.

Was there a disagreement?

CAROL BROWNER: There are — I think it’s fair to say there were some tensions over the weekend. Obviously, everybody wants to see the oil contained.

The cap is working right now, but we’re not willing to simply say, OK, it’s working; we’re not going to worry. We want it monitored. We have directed BP to monitor it and to provide information to us on a regular basis, so we can make the appropriate analysis. And then we will go forward in 24-hour increments.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Is it fair to say that the administration leans toward taking this temporary cap off if necessary to get the oil to the surface, and that BP leans toward keeping that cap on until the relief wells are finished?

CAROL BROWNER: We lean towards getting this over, and getting it over in the safest possible manner.

Our scientists have warned us that there could be some unintended consequences from the cap. You could have oil leaking out in other parts of the Gulf where you couldn’t control it. So long as that is not an issue, we will move forward with the cap in 24-hour installments. If it becomes an issue, obviously, we’re going to direct BP to bring those vessels in and to start collecting the oil at the surface.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Well, help us understand how you are monitoring this. Is BP doing — how much of the monitoring is being done by BP and how much by the administration?

CAROL BROWNER: So, BP works at our direction. We provide them with what we want, what our scientists want in terms of how many seismic runs are made, the type of seismic run.

We have also brought our own vessel in. NOAA, part of the Department of Commerce, their Pisces vessel is now in, doing sonar monitoring, which has been very valuable. So, it is at our direction and then under our analysis that we make this decision about whether or not to continue the cap.

JUDY WOODRUFF: So, the actual monitoring is being done by the company, and the administration’s overseeing that?

CAROL BROWNER: It is at our direction. And then — that’s correct — we take the information and we analyze it.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And then, so the statements we were hearing over the weekend, is this just a result of people talking out of turn?

CAROL BROWNER: I think there might have been a little bit of that. Again, this is obviously a very difficult situation. And tensions can arise.

Everybody wants the same goal. We want what’s right for the people of the Gulf. We want this to end. But we need to do so in a way that is absolutely safe, so that we don’t create any sort of other accident or unintended consequences.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Let me ask you to help us understand something else. And that is the trade-offs involved. If the decision is made to keep this temporary cap on — it wasn’t intended to be permanent — is that correct?

CAROL BROWNER: That is correct. It wasn’t intended to be permanent.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Then what are the trade-offs that you are looking at, if it stays on and you find out later what?

CAROL BROWNER: Well, if it can stay on, and we have no problems, then there’s no oil leaking. If we begin to have a problem, then we have to bring the vessels back in.

And, unfortunately, that will entail a couple of days of leaking while those vessels are hooked back up. But obviously we need to avoid any sort of catastrophic situation. Right now, it’s working. That’s the good news. And we’re going to be monitoring very carefully to avoid any unintended consequence.

And perhaps we can leave it on. If we can’t, we will go to containment, where we will be able to capture up to 80,000 barrels per day of oil.

JUDY WOODRUFF: When you say catastrophic situation, you’re talking about a leak, a new leak that is not known about right now; is that what you are saying?

CAROL BROWNER: We’re talking about the possibility of many — maybe more than one leak. It would be coming up through the bedrock in maybe more than one place, and we wouldn’t be able to control it. And, obviously, that is not something anyone wants to tolerate.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And how worried are administration scientists that that may be the case?

CAROL BROWNER: Well, they’re not worried right now because we’re getting the monitoring and most importantly the sonar and the seismic that are giving us the answers.

And we’re going to remain vigilant throughout this.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And, as you — let me just explore this for just a second. As you look at, again, the trade-off here of letting the oil — if you were to lift the cap for whatever reason, and you have the oil spewing into the Gulf for several days, that in itself is a negative consequence of all this.

CAROL BROWNER: Obviously, that would be a very unfortunate turn of events. But we would only do that because we thought something worse was going to occur, that the trade-off would be go to this vessel containment because the alternative is that you are going to have uncontrolled leaks in more than one place across the ocean floor.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Carol Browner, to what extent — if the cap were to come off, the oil were to continue spewing into the Gulf, to what extent is BP responsible at that point?

CAROL BROWNER: They’re absolutely responsible. There’s no doubt in our minds that they are absolutely responsible.

They caused this accident. Obviously, they have a responsibility to get this thing capped. They’re working at our direction. They will continue to work at our direction. But they are the — they are responsible. Make no doubt about it.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And the status of penalties that would be levied on BP in those circumstances?

CAROL BROWNER: BP will, under the law, pay a very, very significant penalty. That — the specific amount will be determined, but it will be a significant penalty. That is what the law requires.

JUDY WOODRUFF: All right, we’re going to leave it there.

Carol Browner at the White House, thanks very much.


Day 91 In The Gulf: Feds let BP keep oil cap closed for another day

Feds let BP keep oil cap closed for another day

NEW ORLEANS – The federal government’s point man for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill says he’s authorized BP to keep the cap on its busted well for another 24 hours after the company pledged to closely monitor the seafloor for signs of a new leak.

In a statement issued Monday, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says a federal science team held a conference call with BP representatives Sunday night. He says the scientists got answers they wanted about how BP is monitoring the seabed in case any new leaks erupt from the capped well.

Allen had written BP the day before to say a seep had been detected a distance from the well and demanded BP step up monitoring of the seabed.

Allen says in his Monday statement he’ll only allow the cap to stay on if BP continues meeting its obligations to watch for signs that it could possibly worsen the situation.


Gulf Oil Crisis – Facts from Fiction, Part 3 of 3

Gulf Oil Crisis – Facts from Fiction, Part 3 of 3

Part 1 Here: Gulf Oil Crisis – Facts from Fiction, Part 1 of 3

Part 2 Here: Gulf Oil Crisis – Facts from Fiction, Part 2 of 3

The Plumber and The Sketch

If you’ve heard the recent press reports concerning the “mystery plumber” and “the mystery professor” you’ve heard the President’s various spokesman repeat some variation of the following, 

“an anonymous plumber … and he sent in a sketch …”.

The Administration has specifically implied that the “plumber” used his “knowledge” and “sketched” the design used to “build a better shut off device” to complete the July 12 repair? While not specifically stated by the President’s spokespersons, several news commentators have implied that a significant part of the 80 plus day delay in stopping this oil flow was due to the complicated process of “fabricating” the new and unique “shutoff device” “sketched” by our mystery plumber” .

 If nothing else, this Administration is brazen. Incompetent, but boldly brazen!

As I mentioned earlier in this post, the replacement BOP was obtained from Cameron International, the company that designed and built the original BOP. It was apparently, “on site” as early as May 2, if not earlier. One could check to confirm when the Discoverer Enterprise arrived on scene.

The Cameron Company invented BOPs in the 1920’s and has been fabricating “3 stack” 20,000 psi rated BOPs” for over a decade. The photo below was taken from Cameron’s on line catalog. It is a photo of the 3 stack BOP used to repair the well.

Cameron Double Ram BOP

Unless our “mystery plumber” and the “mystery professor” were founding members of the “Psychic Friends Network”

Cameron Triple Ram BOP

and had their phone call and exchanged the sketch 10 years before the Macondo Well Blowout took place, the “mystery plumber” had nothing to do with “sketching”the BOP used to “repair and seal” the well on 07/12/2010.

May 4th, 2010 Containment Dome

BP puts containment dome on gushing oil geyser. The well has been capped, more or less. BP engineers Thursday night guided a containment dome onto the hydrocarbon geyser shooting from the Gulf of Mexico oil well — a desperate and iffy attempt to capture the leaking oil and funnel it to a ship on the surface. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR2010060300416.html

May 8, 2010

The effort to place a massive containment dome over a gushing underwater wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico was dealt a setback when a large volume of hydrates — ice like crystals formed when gas combines with water — accumulated inside the vessel, a BP official said Saturday.


The dome was moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting on the seabed while crews work to overcome the challenge, a process expected to take at least two days, BP’s chief operation officer Doug Suttles said.


Suttles said the gas hydrates are lighter than water and, as a result, made the dome buoyant. The crystals also blocked the top of the dome, which would prevent oil from being funneled up to a drill ship.

“We did anticipate hydrates being a problem, but not this significant,” he said.


Two options officials are weighing to resolve the containment dome problem are heating the dome or adding methanol to dissolve the hydrates, Suttles said, adding that they are continuing to assess other methods to capturing the oil. Suttles said that another possible solution would be to “take ground up material of various types and try to inject it into the blowout preventer at the bottom of it and it will flow up and plug it up,” an operation he compared to stopping up a toilet.

The maneuver is called a “junk shot,” Suttles said.


What happened to replacing the BOP?

May 9th, 2010 – Top Hat 1

Top Hat 1 being lowered into Gulf

Chief operating officer Doug Suttles said Sunday that BP is thinking about putting a smaller containment dome over the massive leak after a four-story, 100-ton box became clogged with ice like crystals a day earlier. BP believes a smaller dome would be less vulnerable because it would contain less water. A day after ice like crystals clogged a four-story box that workers had lowered atop the main leak, crews using remote-controlled submarines hauled the specially-built structure more than a quarter-mile away and prepared other long-shot methods of stopping the flow. 


May 12th 2010

New ‘Top Hat’ dome at Gulf of Mexico oil spill site – BP. A new steel dome has been placed beside the damaged oil well that has been polluting the Gulf of Mexico since last month’s drilling rig disaster, BP says. Dubbed the “top hat”, it is smaller than a first container dome which had to be set aside after becoming blocked by crystallized gas hydrates.


A second, smaller oil containment box was lowered into the sea near the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The box was being slowly submerged to the seabed Tuesday. But it won’t be placed over the spewing well right away. BP spokesman Bill Salvin says engineers want to make sure everything is configured correctly and avoid the same buildup of ice crystals that stymied their first attempt at using a larger box that was about 100 tons. This box will be connected to a ship on the surface by a pipe-within-a-pipe when it’s lowered. Crews plan to pump in heated water and methanol so ice won’t build up. Salvin said undersea robots will position the box over the gusher by Thursday. More than 4 million gallons of oil have spewed from the well since a drilling rig exploded April 20.



Top Hat 1

May 14th 2010 Insertion Tube – The Siphon

BP PLC will attempt to stop oil from continuing to leak into the Gulf of Mexico by inserting a tube into the leaking pipe, officials said this afternoon, a process that could start overnight. Officials with the company and the federal government chose that method over an attempt to cap the spill with a so-called “top hat,” which would have involved lowering a structure around the leak site. Still, the top hat option could still be used as a backup, according to Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for BP.  [Installing this “Top Hat” would require “cutting the riser pipe” – the Top Hat won’t fit over the “kinked riser” – Is that why the Feds have moved on to a “different repair”? So the Feds, the Obama Administration, is calling the “repair shots” and making the repair decisions.]  

A siphon pipe? What happened to the “Top Hat”? What happened to the 2nd BOP? I can’t get my head around their decision making process, frankly, it appears to be a flawed process that lacks proper prioritization…


Researchers who have analysed underwater video from the leak site estimate as many as 70,000 barrels of oil are leaking into the Gulf per day, with a margin of error of plus or minus 20%, significantly higher than earlier estimates. BP tries to thread a tube into the broken wellhead in an effort to collect some of the leaking oil in surface ships.


May 17th  

An undersea straw inserted into the end of the Deepwater Horizon’s broken oil pipe has given BP its first success in the nearly month long battle to lessen the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The siphon is collecting 1,000 barrels of oil a day – roughly one-fifth of the oil leaking from the wellhead, by BP’s estimates, though some scientists suggest the amount of oil leaking in the Gulf oil spill could be much greater.[1 barrel out of 5? No, 1 out of 70]


Is this how you measure success, siphoning 1,000 barrels out of a possible 70,000 barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf. I find this amazing. It must be easy to amaze me lately. If they knew the diameter of the siphon pipe, a pipe they have selected and inserted, they can calculate, in advance, the maximum siphon rate. I found it … siphon pipe is 4” in diameter inserted into the 21 inch riser …. Hmm … why did they bother to report the outside riser diameter … oil doesn’t flow through the whole riser, just the 9 7/8 production pipe, so at best,  we have a 4”siphon inserted into a an approximate 10” pipe… won’t be long till this is abandoned I hope …. The siphon is better than nothing, but just barely.  What happened to the “Top Hat” and the “2nd  BOP”?

May 21st 

Officials with BP say they’re nearly ready to try another method to try to stop the flow of crude oil that has been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico for over a month. The “kill shot,” which could be attempted as soon as this Sunday, involves first injecting massive amounts of heavy mud into the well head on the Gulf floor, followed by cement. Suttles said that BP is now trying the “kill shot” approach after more than four weeks, due to both the complex nature of the operation, and the desire to keep from making a bad situation much worse.  “The philosophy since the beginning as been to not take any action which could make the situation worse,” he said. Other attempts so far to stem the flow of oil have met with zero, or limited, success.

BP says a tube inserted into the gushing, broken pipe is now extracting about 5,000 barrels of oil a day, siphoning it to the surface for offloading onto waiting ships. However, as BP now admits that the amount of oil actually spilling out is unknown, that means no one knows what percentage of the overall spill that the tube method is actually capturing. [5,000 out of 70,000 barrels or 7% of the total]

Let me see now, 2nd BOP is trumped by “Top Hat”, which is trumped by “Pipe Siphon”, which is trumped by “Kill Shot”, which is really called the “Top Kill”. (The writer confused “Kill Shot” with “Junk Shot”), and “Junk Shot” trumps a 2nd BOP too.  A “Top Kill” shares some similarities with a 2nd BOP. A successful “Top Kill” has the potential to “shut in” or “shut off” the well. The “Top Kill” however, is a one way street, once “Killed”, the well remains “dead” or closed. If the 2nd BOP operates as designed, you can open and close the well, close the well off or produce oil as you like… 

May 26th Top Kill Starts

The top kill is underway, success uncertain. BP engineers are pumping mud at a furious rate into the damaged blowout preventer that sits on the uncapped well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The hazardous-but-high-reward maneuver comes five weeks into the oil spill crisis amid an intensifying atmosphere of political recrimination that has spread from the Gulf Coast to the White House and Congress.  [There is a tremendous amount of misinformation, the BOP may have failed, but to describe it as “damaged” may not be accurate. The BOP “failed” because “valves” failed to shut, which means that you may have a completely “undamaged” BOP with the valves stuck in the “open position”. Fluids will pass through the BOP “unchecked”. The BOP will not function as designed, but it may have no “internal damage”. Five weeks since the Obama Administration received and discussed my idea publicly … I wonder what is going on … emailed the Unified Command Center again. One additional thought about the BOP: The BOP is a safety device and is designed to close the well off – the BOP’s primary safety function – close the well in an emergency, but not its only function. The secondary function is to allow oil to pass through the BOP – the majority of the BOP’s” life” is spent doing exactly what is doing today – sitting with valves open, letting oil pass through it… not understanding this point leads to many misperceptions by the general public. ]


…but this will only be a prelude to a permanent seal using cement.


May 30th – Top Kill Fails

Gloom grows as BP’s ‘top kill’ effort fails. BP acknowledged the failure Saturday of its latest “Top Kill” operation to tamp down oil gushing from its blown-out well, and launched a new interim effort to contain the flow. “After three full days, we have been unable to overcome the flow from the well, so we now believe it is time to move on to another option,” said BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles at a news conference with federal officials in Robert, La. In a surprisingly somber statement from the company that has sought to reassure the public over the last 40 days, Suttles acknowledged: “This scares everybody — the fact that we can’t make this well stop flowing or the fact that we haven’t succeeded so far.”

Ok, we have “Junk Shot” and “2nd BOP” on the bench … I wonder who goes in next?


June 1st 2010 – Junk Shot Fails

BP will “move on to the next option” after several attempts to stuff solid material and pump mud into a breached Gulf of Mexico oil well failed to stop the flow, according to a BP spokesman. …
Top BP executives said Saturday that engineers and scientists had decided to try a new technique of stopping the flow after three attempts to pump mud and 16 tries to stuff solid material into the well failed. That option: placing a custom-built cap to fit over the “lower marine riser package,” BP chief operation officer Doug Suttles said. BP crews were already at work Saturday to ready the materials for that method, he said.

There goes “Junk Shot”.


A new flow of oil emerged from BP’s damaged undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday evening after a remote-controlled submarine successfully cut into the well’s riser pipe. (Actually, it was a remote controlled submersable vehicle, ok, you could call it a submarine). 

 http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/01/gulf.oil.spill/index.html 4th – LMRP “Top Hat 2”i June

BP CEO Touts ‘Milestone’ Maneuver in Efforts to Cap Gulf Oil Spill: BP CEO Tony Hayward said the company should know within 12 or 24 hours whether their latest attempt to cap the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is working, touting a “milestone” maneuver that he admitted was risky. Hayward hailed the company’s work Thursday after underwater robots successfully sheared off a busted oil pipe spewing millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf, telling reporters that the company would have a “fully sealed” containment system in place by the end of June. Government officials have warned that cutting away the pipe could, at least temporarily, increase the flow of oil by 20 percent.


The riser has been cut, so step one in my suggested repair has been completed. I would have cut the “riser” above the “kink in the riser” above the BOP, to restrict the flow of oil, until I was ready to add the 2nd BOP. I can’t believe all the oil escaping from around this “Top Hat 2”. Is this considered acceptable until the relief wells are completed – what happens if the “cement plugs” placed by the “relief wells” doesn’t take?

June 17th Congressional Hearings

See: https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/day-61-in-the-gulf-complaint-media-drones-on-about-bp-ceo-who-is-in-charge/

June 23 Robots Bump “Top Hat” 2

Oil spewed uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico again Wednesday after an undersea robot bumped the cap being used to contain it, forcing BP engineers to remove the device and then scramble to reattach it.

The latest setback left nothing to stem the flow of oil at its source. A camera recording the well showed huge clouds of black fluid coming

06/23/2010 Robot Strikes "Top Hat 2" - Hat removed

out of the seafloor. BP hoped to quickly replace the cap, which since June 4 had been carrying some of the oil gushing from the blown-out well to a surface ship.


When you put a man on the moon or in space, you make absolutely sure you have a well developed backup plan of what to do in case of a failure.  Out on the deep sea the same rules apply — you try to make sure there are no failures in the first place, and when one does occur, you need a clear plan to take control of the situation. Such a plan has been glaringly absent by BP in the wake of the explosion of its Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Now the company has experience yet another embarrassing setback.  On Wednesday morning operators using the containment dome to siphon off some of the spilling oil witnessed a “burp in the line”.  That “burp” turned out to be a serious problem with the containment dome, which forced BP to remove the dome.


July 1st – Hurricane Alex

July 10th – Flange Removed – 2nd BOP added

The final repair starts.

Following approval from the National Incident Commander (Admiral Allen), BP began replacing the existing lower marine riser package (LMRP) containment cap [Top Hat 2] over the Deepwater Horizon’s failed blow-out preventer with a new sealing cap assembly.

Installation of the sealing cap is proceeding as planned. The Discoverer Enterprise removed the LMRP cap [Top Hat 2] at approximately 12:40 PM CDT on Saturday, July 10. The Discoverer Enterprise then moved off station. Following the removal of the cap [Top Hat 2], a subsea dispersant wand was inserted into the riser. Two plugs and all six flange bolts were then removed. The Discoverer Inspiration is now moving on station.


We are progressing on plan to install the sealing cap,” Wells said, adding that the company earlier Saturday removed the Lower Marine Riser Package cap [Top Hat 2] that had been used to collect oil …
With the LMRP cap detached, BP is using remotely operated vehicles to remove the flange atop the blowout preventer altogether, including the stub of the riser pipe the ROVs clipped with hydraulic shears in June to prepare the well.


Remove two plugs and six flange bolts, attach a new seal and bolt down a BOP. 11 weeks late and  175,000,000 million gallons of oil later.   

July 13, 2010

The three ram capping stack was installed on the Deep Water Horizon LMRP at 7 p.m. CDT. The stack completes the repair. Following installation of the capping stack and in line with the procedure approved by the National Incident Commander and Unified Area Command, the well integrity test will begin July 13 on the MC252 well. new sealing cap. http://drillingclub.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=wellcontrol&action=display&thread=4837&page=53

Cameron 3 Ram BOP

 installation process.

Post July 14th, 2010 – Oil Flow  

Part 1 Here: Gulf Oil Crisis – Facts from Fiction, Part 1 of 3

Part 2 Here: Gulf Oil Crisis – Facts from Fiction, Part 2 of 3



The Government states that BP has been working at “our direction” …

 “CAROL BROWNER: So, BP works at our direction. We provide them with what we want, what our scientists want … http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/environment/july-dec10/oil2_07-19.html

Well I want to know who made the decisions to try what and when …. who decided to delay the second BOP from May 2, 2010 until July 14, 2010 – a total of 73 days and and 180 million gallons (180,000,000) of oil …. You can’t have it both ways.

It isn’t BP’s fault if BP is working at the direction of the Obama Administration …. and if BP is working at the direction of the Obama Administration, that would go a long way to explain what has happened in the Gulf since April 22, 2010 …

Update 07/20/2010:

I’ve found it difficult to quantify the amount of oil that may have entered the Gulf waters unnecessarily, oil that would have been contained within the well had the proper repair been completed when it was first considered in early May 2010.

The difficulty in quantifying the volume of oil is directly related to the fact that there are such divergent estimates concerning the total amount of oil to have entered the Gulf: The range of estimates runs from 92,000,000 gallons (PBS/NPR) to 184,000,000 gallons …

I’ve decided, somewhat arbitrarily, to use the lower limit estimate until an accurate figure has been determined and verified. I’ve decided to adopt this method to avoid any implication that I am attempting to inflate the damage done to the Gulf by the Obama Administration’s unnecessary delay in capping the well.

Adopting this methodology results in the following estimates:

Estimated volume of oil to have entered the Gulf: 92,000,000 gallons

Total number of days oil leaked into Gulf:  86 (from April 22nd until July 14th)

Average amount of oil leaked per day: 1,070,000 gallons.

Number of days oil flowed into Gulf unnecessarily: 71  

The BOP used to repair the well was “on site” on May 2, 2010, Day 11 of the spill. It took 3 days to complete the repair once was it started. The well repair should have been completed by Day 15.  86 days minus 15 days = 71 days                                                              

Amount of oil that leaked into the Gulf between Day 15 and Day 86: 75,970,000 gallons

(71 days x 1,070,000 gallons per day = 75,970,000 gallons)

75 million, 970 thousand gallons of oil – and this represents the minimum estimate.

Whatever amount of oil is ultimately determined to have entered the Gulf, over 80% of the oil entered the Gulf after Day 15. 

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